For getting around in Cyprus, driving a car is by far the most preferred method of transport – mainly due to the somewhat irregular public transport service which (even when it arrives) does not always go to the more remote areas of the island. As driving in a foreign country can sound daunting at first, here’s an introduction to the Cyprus highways.
Petrol stations are open from 07.00 – 18.00 every day except Tuesday and Saturday afternoons when they close at 13.00 and 12.00 respectively. They are also closed all day Sunday and on Public Holidays. Most stations are now fitted with automated ATM machines that accept cash and credit card transactions when no cashier is on duty.
Cyprus petrol stations have two grades of unleaded fuel – ’95 and ’98 – which relate to the octane content. We usually recommend the ’98 variety for our petrol-engined cars, although either type can be used safely. Only the larger 4×4 vehicles have diesel engines, but if customers have any doubt about the fuel type of their car they are advised to contact our local branch who can provide the correct information.
Sometimes even the most careful of drivers can run into difficulties. For complete peace of mind, we provide a 24hr island-wide emergency line to all our customers, free of charge. In the event of an accident, drivers should first contact the police (regardless of whether anyone was injured or not) and if possible leave the car(s) unmoved until they arrive.
Then, call our emergency line to tell us the details of the incident – our staff will advise on the next course of action and arrange a replacement vehicle if necessary.
Fines: Any fines issued for speeding or parking violations are the responsibility of the driver of the car at the time of issue, and should Be dealt with at the nearest branch of the Traffic Police. Unpaid tickets result in higher penalties, including any costs incurred by the police in retrieving the payment from overseas.
Even though a few passages into the Northern Occupied area have opened in recent years, the area is still under Turkish military control and insurance companies do not provide any cover there. As such, anyone driving across the border becomes instantly liable for the market value of the car to cover the costs of any damage caused. This, combined with the fact that we are unable to provide any breakdown assistance there whatsoever, is the reason why we do not advise our customers to take rental cars into the Northern Area.
Keep your rental agreement with you are all times
If you have a flat tire, stop driving & change it immediately or call for help
Do not allow an unauthorized person to drive the car
Make sure you switch off the lights and lock the car when you are not driving it